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breaking news this morning. police searching for a man they believe could be behind the terror attack in bangkok. at least 22 dead. more than 100 injured. we're live with new information overnight. hundreds of hillary clinton e-mails flagged for secrets. did the former secretary of state handle classified information through her private e-mail server? new developments ahead. donald trump's controversial immigration plan dividing those running for president igniting a new debate over birth right citizensh citizenship. i'm christine romans.
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john berman has the day off. police in thailand on the hunt for a man they believe may be connected with a deadly attack in bangkok. officials say the man is seen on closed circuit tv but they cannot confirm his identity just yet. looking at footage going back as far as two weeks prior to the attack to see if they see anything suspicious. 22 people were killed. more than 100 other people hurt after a terrorist pipe bomb targeted a hindu shrine. an area popular with locals and tourists. the explosion shattering windows creating panic in the street. we're looking at frightening video captured at the moment of the blast. cnn's asia pacific editor andrew
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stevens on the phone for us. andrew, the pictures just devastating. >> reporter: absolutely, christine. the death toll currently standing at 22. that bomb was primed to detonate with maximum impact. meaning it was timed to go off when the shrine area was at its busiest. a lot of thais coming home from work going into that shrine to pay respects, to receive blessings. a lot of tourists there as well. that is when that pipe bomb went off. they say they were called, they were given warning that there would be an attack, but they weren't given any further intell than that. they didn't know where and when. news coming in, but there has been another smaller explosion in the city. this is at a pier on the river which runs through the city not far from a luxury hotel
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district. authorities are on the scene at the moment. we're being told there were no injuries. that's important to note. we're just getting that news in at the moment. police have released this picture of a man in a yellow shirt. they say they cannot identify whether he's thai or foreigner. he's seen carrying a black backpack. he's close to the shrine in the street. he later was pictured without that backpack. that's where we are at the moment. police still looking for that person. there are more than 120 people injured, some seriously, and the hunt goes on. >> andrew, no one has come forward to claim responsibility. no groups have come forward to claim responsibility. aside from looking for the man in the yellow shirt, there's no indication of what a motive is yet. >> there's no clear indication. the police were saying earlier telling some news agencies that they thought this was a target
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against tourism which by association would be attacking the economy of thailand but that said, although we think that's the case, we don't know who's behind it. there have been a lot of theories, a lot of leads they need to track down. there are suggestions it could be an extension of the political rivalry we've seen on the streets for several years now between antiattacks of the prime minister supporters and oppositions. there have been problems before nowhere near what we've seen last night. there's speculation they could be tied to an insurgency in the south of thailand. again, it's very localized on the border of malaysia and have not involved bangkok at all. there are those two theories. there's another theory that it
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could be the work of separatists from china, muslim separatists from china in the xinjing province. there's a lot of speculation and avenues that police need to explore at this time but they're not saying what they're favoring, what they expect for the investigation to go. >> andrew stevens live for us in bangkok, thailand. i know you're covering the story very closely. let us know if there are any developments. thanks for that, andrew. more follow-up in the hillary clinton e-mail scandal. they're recommending 305 of the documents be transported to their agency. they're looking to see if any classified information was sent and received. with only 20% of the e-mail on the server be?
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how much more damaging could this be for democratic front-runner. pamela brown has the story. >> reporter: good morning, christine. 305 documents from hillary clinton's private server have been referred to various intelligence agencies for consultation to determine whether the contents were classified. that's according to a filing from the state department. this is after five different agencies joined the process of looking at clinton's e-mails. the court filing says, quote, out of approximate lid 20% of the e-mails the intelligence review jess have recommended 305 documents, approximately 5.1% for referral to their agencies for consultation. this is a filing on review efforts from a freedom for information act lawsuit and basically these intelligence agencies will now have to determine whether or not there is classified information in these documents and whether or not these documents should be
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released to the public as part of this lawsuit. hillary clinton, as we have heard, repeatedly has denied sending or receiving information marked as classified through her personal server. it's unknown at this point if any of the 305 flagged e-mails contain classified information, but this does come at a time when the fbi is investigating the security of chin top's private server. christine? >> pamela brown, thank you for that. so will joe biden run? some calls growing louder for the vice president to enter the presidential race. one place though those calls aren't growing louder, the white house. democratic party source says support inside the party is said to be best. many have invested in the hillary clinton campaign. there's also word that it will put him in a difficult spot. donald trump back on the stump after not getting picked
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for a new york jury. some of his gop rivals are already pouncing on the immigration plan calling it unworkable. would it ever have a chance in congress? cnn's senior correspondent jeff zelady -- zeleny reporting. >> reporter: he'll be back out campaigning after he was not picked for jury duty. he'll ensure some praise for antiimmigration reform activists but it's drawing much criticism from some of his republican rivals. >> i appreciate the fact that mr. trump now has a plan, if that's what it's called, but i think the better approach is to deal with the 11 million people here illegally in a way that is realistic. >> donald trump's eight page
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plan is actually gibb rich. donald trump's plan is force deportation. it's not going to work. it is unworkable. >> all of the controversy, most of it, centers around the so-called birth right citizenship, a provision in the 14th amendment that allows u.s. citizens if you were born here the right to citizenship. donald trump wants to do away with that. that takes a lot of work. it would take a 2/3 vote in both the house and senate, it would take a ratification of 3/4 of the state legislatures. that is one of the key provisions at the center of donald trump's immigration proposal. they're all gearing up towards the next presidential debate, the cnn presidential debate in september in california. >> jeff deleny, thanks. louisiana governor bobby jindal saying we need to end birth right immigration.
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and lindsey graham told cnn monday the policy needs to be changed. he said he has said in the past he'd consider a constitutional amendment to change the law that grants citizenship to any child born in the united states. rick santorum has also said birth right citizenship should end as part of a comprehensive overhaul. congress is in recess. they're wasting no time targeting funding for planned parenthood. five states are trying to cut off money by allowing people with medicaid. planned parenthood is prove fitting from feet tall tissue sales. turns out a hack of the irs was three times as big as first report the. as many as 334 mour,000 taxpaye accounts were accessed. in the beginning it was 114,000
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taxpayers. white house is working to get air travel up and running to and from cuba by the end of the year. the hope is to have commercial flights by december which would mark the biggest expansion of economic and tourism ties between the u.s. and cuba since the 1950s. technically only congress can lift the decades old travel ban but the president has authority to grant exceptions. time for an early start on your money. look at shanghai's benchmark index. doin' more than 6%. the majority of kccompanies lisd fell by 10%. the chinese market started collapsing wiping out trillions of dollars in value. the chinese government taking dramatic steps to prop stocks up. this return to volatility this morning is here the sharpest decline since the end of july. the global selloff in kmad tis still going. aluminum, copper, zinc all down
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by more than 1%. oil, crude oil hit a new 6.5 year low yesterday. it's down again right now about $42 a barrel. again, we're expecting, you know, $2 gas potentially by early this fall. 12 minutes past the hour. search and rescue crews reaching the site of a deadly plane crash in indonesia. investigators finding the plane's black box overnight. we're live with new developments next. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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site. it's been two days since villagers saw the plane crash into the mountains. the a area is so treacherous and the weather has been so bad that rescue crews have not been able to get in. just now we've been told the choppers have been called off because of bad weather and the crews again cannot get to the site. so far even though the bodies have been located, not a single one has been able to be transported back to the nearby airport so they can start the process of trying to identify them and return them to these grieving families. also the black box needs to be transported back so we can get those answers about what exactly went wrong here. this is an airline with a very checkered safety record. many questions being asked about what caused the trash into this area. >> let's talk more about that checkered safety record. we have seen just rapid expansion of air travel in asia. you know, just a couple of decades ago it was unheard of
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for so many people to be entering the middle class, to be flying so -- with such ease around the region but the rapid expansion of air travel in the region does not come necessarily with the rapid expansion of safety. >> reporter: that is the major concern and over the next couple of decades or less the market in indonesia is expected to triple. so many of these small airlines coming on board, and especially servicing these small domestic routes. people are traveling to these small areas. the roads don't reach a lot of these cities and they're forced to travel by air. as you say, now more people can afford to do it, but the safety record of the indonesian airlines as a whole is being brought into question. most of the indonesian airlines cannot fly into european space. garuda used to be on that list
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but it has lifted its game. now the focus will be to get back to the situation across the country so that more people can be confident when they get on the planes in indonesia. >> just a tragedy. 54 people. thank you for that, kathy novak. the environmental agency wants to cut a dramatic reduction of meth then 40 to 45% over the next decade. part of the climate change agenda. the epa has already announced new rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32% by the year 2030. for the first time in almost a decade the pentagon is deploying soldiers to help fight raging wildfires out west. some 200 active duty military personnel will join the fight. right now 25,000 firefighters, 25,000 firefighters battling these fires in ten states, seven of them out west. drought conditions, triple digit
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heat, wind have created the perfect climate for fires. nearly two dozen fires are burning in washington state alone destroying dozens of homes. >> they came quick. it came hot and heavy, and then the winds kicked up and it just was unstoppable. >> we thought it was a little fire and it started spreading this morning and the wind got faster and faster. >> in california more than 13,000 firefighters are battling nearly two dozen fires. federal officials say the u.s. forest service is spending 50% of its budget fighting fires. for more let's get to meteorologist pedram javehari. >> you see the plume here of smoke from last thursday, then you fast forward to this past monday. in the last 24 hours the smoke certainly there, all of it, across eastern areas of washington and oregon, as well
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as in recent days. the concern is they're going to remain very dry over the coming weeks. what has already occurred, 7 million acres of land today that burned across the u.s. that's ruffly the size of the state of massachusetts when it comes to houchb damage has been done. rainfall is absolutely there. millions of gallons of it comes down over the eastern part of the country. very little to absolutely no moisture in the forecast. i think that storm system exiting portions of the plains working towards the u.s. some of this has daytime heating building. temperatures should be in the low to mid 80s. a few thunderstorms will pop up in the afternoon. >> pedram javehari, thank you. protestors demand answers for a chinese port city. dozens of people are still missing. cnn is there next.
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growing anger and compensation after the warehouse fires. some homeowners are demanding the government buy back their homes saying chemicals in the air make it unsafe to live there. there are investigations now into workplace safety and negligence at the warehouse.
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will ripley is live in tianjin. will? >> reporter: hi, christine. we've shifted locations to an abandoned railroad track sitting in the shadow of thousands of apartments which were devastated by the blast, many of them under construction. here's the concern. the explosion more than half a mile away propelled dangerous chemicals. you can see this barrel, when it rains a white his comes out of this. piles of this stuff lying around this entire area sitting near residential areas. we brought it to the attention of the government and since then we've seen them bring up cleanup crews to investigate it and in some cases remove the chemicals. that's a major concern for the residents. that's why they're telling the chinese government they want to be reimbursed for their homes. there was a lack of oversight. we are seeing criminal prosecution, not prosecution but investigation as a result of all of this damage to the infrastructure, to the buildings in this area.
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ten officials who are in the company of the ruhi logistics company that owned the warehouse at the center of this explosion, they have been detained. the chinese highest prosecuting authority say charges could be filed for not being honest about how many chemicals are being stored at the facility putting 700 tons of sodium cyanide which can turn into hydrogen cyanide there which is very deadly when water is added. residents are fearful of the long-term effects especially residents with children. >> parents are fearful and they're also angry. they want the government to buy back their homes. they don't want to move back in because they just don't know what all is out there. thank you, will, we'll talk to you very, very soon. breaking news. the manhunt intensifies for the terrorist behind a deadly bomb blast in bangkok. police zero in on a man seen on
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breaking news this morning. police searching for a terrorist behind a deadly bomb blast in bangkok. at least 22 dead, more than 100 injured. we're live with who investigators are now zeroing in on. hundreds of hillary clinton's e-mails as secretary of state flagged for possibly containing classified information. what we're learning new this morning ahead. donald trump's new immigration plan dividing republicans running for president. should birth right immigration
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end? what the candidates are saying. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. 4:30. breaking news in thailand. police are on the hunt for a man they believe may be connected with monday's deadly bombing attack in bangkok. officials say that a man is seen on a closed circuit tv. they cannot confirm his identity just yet. authorities now looking at footage going back as far as two weeks before the attack to see if they spot anything suspicious. there is devastation in that city following the blast that killed 22 people. more than 100 others hurt after a terrorist pipe bomb targeted a hindu shrine in the heart of the bangkok shopping center. popular with locals and tourists. the explosion shattering windows, creating panic in the streets. we're also getting a look at frightening video captured at the very moment of the blast. cnn's asia pacific editor andrew stevens on the phone for me now
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with the latest from bangkok. good morning, andrew. >> reporter: good morning, christine. yes, you're right. police are really focusing on this search for a man they want in connection with the explosion. he was wearing a yellow shirt and virtually a backpack. he was seen very close to the actual shrine itself, near the road. he was seen emerging without the backpack. police are saying they want to get in touch with this man. they say they cannot identify his nationality. they don't know whether he's a thai or a foreigner. at the moment that's what they want. there are a lot of steps to go through. they have been combing the area as well around the shrine looking for debris, anything which may give them some sort of clue as to what the -- where this investigation could take them as far as they're trying to find the actual person.
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there was a telephone warning of an attack but the attack, they didn't give any description, say where it could happen or when it could happen. they did say the device which is being described as an ied was a pipe bomb and it would appear to have been placed close to the road near a fence. if you look down at the actual area there is a big concrete pillar which holds up a fence. one of them is completely manage ltd. that blast went off at 7:00 p.m. in the evening when there would have been a maximum number of people at the shrine around the shopping area. police say it was primed for maximum impact, maximum loss of life. tell us about a motive. no claim of responsibility. they're zeroing in on this
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person they think they see on closed circuit television. give us a little bit of context about why someone would want -- would target this temple in bangkok. >> reporter: bangkok has for years seen a lot of street protests and violent street protests. political rival factions of political rivals take to the streets. there have been explosions in the past. there have been thousands on the street in the past. in 2006 three people died separately in explosions which were linked to protesters at the time. this is on a whole new scale, completely different magnitude. they can't obviously rule out this could be an escalation of the political struggle on the street, but it has been quiet here in bangkok since the military took power in a coup in
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may of last year. you can't rule this out. this could be reigniting. there's also a separatist movement in the south on the border with maple leaf they say to the south muslims have not taken bangkok seriously in the past. there is some discussion that this could be linked to a chinese muslim separatist. there is a separatist movement in china. there is an independence of a common state there. some suggestions show that could be in connection. there is a lot of ground to cover here. there are reasons people could have taken this action but it is such a major installation.
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this is what has police baffled. >> andrew stevens, thank you for that this morning. andrew stevens for us in bangkok. new fallout this morning regarding hillary clinton's e-mails. intelligence officials now recommend 3g 05 of her e-mails from her private server be referred to their agencies for consultation. officials investigating whether classified information was sent to receive, something clinton has long assured the american public never happened. just about 20% of the e-mail on that server has been sampled so far so how much worse could the issue get for the democratic front-runner? cnn's pamela brown with more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine. 305 documents from hillary clinton's private server have been referred to various intelligence agencies for consultation to determine whether the contents are classified. this is after intelligence community reviewers from five different agencies joined the process of looking at clinton's
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e-mails and the court filing says, quote, out of a sample of approximately 20% of clinton e-mails, the intelligence community reviewers have only recommended 305 documents, approximately 5.1% for referral for their agencies for consultation. so this filing is an update for a federal judge on review efforts in response to a freedom of information act lawsuit. basically these intelligence agencies will now have to determine whether or not there is classified information in these documents and whether or not these documents should be released to the public as part of this lawsuit. and hillary clinton, as we have heard, repeatedly has denied sending or receiving information marked as classified through her personal server. it's unknown at this point if any of the 305 flagged e-mails contain classified information but this does come at a time when the fbi's investigating the security of clinton's private server.
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christine? >> pamela brown, thank you for that. will joe biden run? some calls are growing louder for the vice president to enter the presidential race. one place those calls aren't growing louder, the white house. a democratic party source says that support inside the administration is said to be limited at best. many in the white house already heavily invested in the hillary clinton campaign. there's also concern a biden run would put the president in an impossible spot having to choose between supporting his vice president and his former secretary of state. donald trump back out on the stump today after not getting picked to serve on a jury in new york city. so it's back to pushing his first major policy proposal on immigration. some of his gop rivals already pouncing on the plan calling it unworkable. would it ever have a chance in congress? cnn's national correspondent jeff zeleny has a look. >> reporter: back to the campaign trail after not being picked for jury duty.
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he'll be back out campaigning. he'll be selling his new immigration plan. the first pole si proposals he's shown so far. it's drawing much criticism from some of his republican rivals. >> i appreciate the fact that mr. trump now has a plan, if that's what it's called, but i think the better approach is to deal with the 11 mental health people here illegally in a way that is real lis zblik donald trump's eight page plan is absolute gibberish. it is unworkable. mitt romney said his biggest mistake said the cap date is embracing deportation. that hurt our party. donald trump's plan is force deportation. it is not going to work. it is unworkable. >> reporter: all of the controversy or most of it centers around the so-called birth right provision for citizenship. a right to citizenship if you
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were born here. donald trump wants to do away with that. that takes a lot of work. it would take a 2/3 vote in the house and senate, it would take a ratification of 3/4 of the legislatures. that is one of the key provisions at the center of donald trump's proposal. he'll be selling that on the road. they're all gearing up for the next presidential debate, the cnn presidential debate in california. some of trumps republican opponents are touting similar aspects of their own proposals. louisiana governor bobby jindal said we need to end birth right citizenship for illegal immigrants. scott walker wants to end it and he's in favor of the wall and ending amnesty. lindsey graham told cnn monday the policy needs to change. he said he would consider a constitutional amendment to change the law that grants citizenship to any child born in the you states. rick santorum said birth right
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citizenship should end. with congress in recess, the state senate wasting no time torgting funltd are for planned parenthood. five states are trying to cut off money allowing people with medicaid. planned parenthood is profiting from fetal tissue sales. huge selloff in china. big, big, big downdraft in china. shanghai's benchmark index fell more than 6%. many companies fell the maximum daily limit of 10%. you remember earlier this summer the chinese market began collapsing wiping out trillions of dollars of value. the chinese government trying desperately to prop stocks up. we're seeing the return in volatility back. u.s. stock futures are a bit lower. a lot going on including looking at the books of the country's biggest retailers.
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we'll see earnings from walmart, t.j. max and we'll see how resilient the american consumer is here as the job market improves in the u. states. 42 minutes past the hour. a grim discovery at the site of a deadly indonesia plane crash. we're live with the new developments next.
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worse fears confirmed this
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morning. the bodies of the 54 people have been located after the trigana flight was located in a mountain in eastern indonesia. the black box in the hand of investigators as helicopters are deployed to begin the recovery process. cnn's kathy novak has the latest for us this morning. kathy? >> reporter: tragic news, christine. sadly not unexpected. it's been two days since villagers saw this plane crash into the mountain. it's taken that long for the search and recovery teams to actually reach the site and now once again facing exactly the same problems of this rugged terrain and bad weather. they had a clearing in the weather and they were able to get there and locate the bodies but now the problem is they have not been able to get a single one out. ground teams spending yet another night on the mountain. now the search teams in the air have also had to be called off just because this is such a difficult region with steep slopes, heavy jungle and really unpredictable weather. as you can imagine, the families
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will be very anxious to get these bodies back, get them identified and start to get some answers, christine. >> kathy, tell me a little bit about the context of the safety record of this airline and the rapidly growing airlines in the region. >> reporter: absolutely. the black box, as you mentioned, has been discovered. hopefully the data there will give some answers on what happened here. there was no distress call, but what we do know about this airline is it has a very small fleet but a disproportionately high number of accidents, including this one. five of them fatal. this is part of a growing industry that you're talking about, christine. it's expected to triple in the next couple of decades as more and more middle class indonesians fly around the region. with the expansion questions are being asked about the safety concerns, infrastructure, pilot training, pilot experience and with another crash now being reported out of indonesia, the whole industry is going to take another look at itself and people are going to be demanding
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answers as to whether it is safe to fly in indonesia. >> kathy novak for us following this story. thank you for bringing that to us this morning and come back with any new developments. thanks. residents demand answers after a deadly chemical explosion in china. more than 100 killed, dozens still missing. we are lip wiare live with what learning this morning. >> whoa! we do? i took the trash out. i know - and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now? whether you're new to medicare or not, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. it's up to you to pay the difference. so think about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. i did a little research.
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growing anger and calls for compensation after those deadly warehouse explosions in northern china. some homeowners want the government to buy back their homes. they fear chemicals in the air and on the ground make it unsafe to live there. investigations into workplace safety and negligence at the warehouse now underway. the number of missing from the explosions is climbing. cnn's will ripley live at a rail station severely damaged by the explosions. will, we can see around you barrels of chemicals scattered all over the place. >> reporter: it's really remarkable when you look at this damage, christine. this entire light rail station was, if you go inside, everything kind of fell apart. there's a good part of tianjin's bus fleet in the parking lot there. the windows are all smashed. yes, we've seen a lot of chemicals contamination. there are barrels strewn all other the place. you can see at the edge of the tracks here there's a barrel
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with chemicals coming out of it that have a reaction to the rain. white steam starts to come off. this is clearly very concerning for people. it's the reason why we're seeing calls for prosecution in this case. ten executives at the ruhi international shipping house that are at the center of the explosion are facing potential criminal charges. they are being detained right now. lots of warning is happening around here. tday is the seventh day after the explosion and given the chinese tradition, it was time to stop and pay condolences. we saw several different sites around the city where people held ceremonies. in the busy port area which is resuming normal operations the cargo ships were sounding their horngs. it is staggering, christine. the insurance claims alone from this one incident we're now learning expect the to amount to $1.5 billion. that's in addition, of course,
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to the human toll. thousands remain homeless, 57 police i missing, 700 still in the hospital. >> unbelievable. will ripley. thank you. be careful out there. oil prices plunged but that's not stopping oil giants. drill, baby, drill. shell's major moves in the arctic ocean next.
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i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. stocks sell off in china rattling markets. the shanghai index dropping 6%. european stocks following. it's a return in the chinese stocks we have seen all summer despite the government's efforts to stop a bubble from popping. oil prices moving lower. yesterday crude oil hit a new 6 1/2 year low. below $42 a barrel. shell gets the green light to drill in the arctic ocean off of alaska's northwest coast. the government approved a permit allowing shell to drill below the ocean floor for the first time in decades. that's because shell brought in equipment to prevent a possible oil blowout.
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environmental groups oppose off shore drilling there. they say it will harm wildlife already threatened by global warming. the arctic is home to an estimated 20% of the undiscovered world oil and gas. a college degree is an advantage in this job market. in the past 20 years the median wealth for blacks and hispanics with college degrees declined. that's according to a new report, a new report from the st. louis fed. at the same time median wealth for whites and asians with a college degree grew more than 80%. that's because blacks and hispanics carried more debt in the recession and their wealth was tied to their homes right there. "early start" continues right now. breaking news this morning. police are searching for a man they believe could be behind the terror attack in bangkok. at least 22 dead, more than 100 injured. we have new information ahead.
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hundreds of hillary clinton's e-mails flagged for secrets. did the former secretary of state have classified information. new developments. donald trump's immigration plan dividing people running for president igniting a new debate. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, august 15th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. john berman is off this morning. breaking news out of thailand. police have a suspect in monday's deadly body attack. this is your first look at him. officials say he is seen on closed circuit tv. they cannot confirm his identity just yet. he's seen in a yellow shirt, jeans, glasses carrying a backpack. they look back at footage to see if they spot anything suspicious. there is devastation following the blast, a blast that killed 22 people. hundreds dr more than 100 others hurt. the pipe bomb targeted a hindu

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